The United Nations Statistics Division collects,
compiles and disseminates data from national statistical offices
on population by national and/or ethnic group, language and religion
through the Demographic Yearbook data collection system.
Additional information on national and/or ethnic group, language
and religion is available from the National Statistical Office websites
of many countries.
Based on our collection of census
questionnaires, UNSD has compiled an online database of census questions on national and or ethnic group, language and religion
from the 2000 census round (1995-2004).
Special Focus on Indigenous People
The United Nations Statistics Division, Social
and Demographic Statistics Branch has been working in collaboration
with the Permanent
Forum on Indigenous Issues to review national practices of collecting
and disseminating data on national and/or ethnic group, language
and religion with special focus on indigenous persons. As part of
the collaboration, UNSD participated in the IAOS satellite meeting
Small and Indigenous Populations" which was held in Wellington,
New Zealand, on 14 and 15 April 2005. The meeting was hosted by
Statistics New Zealand and was held in conjunction with the ISI
2005 Conference in Sydney, Australia. UNSD also participated in
Session of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (May 2005).
UNSD drafted a report entitles "Data Collection Pertaining
to Indigenous Peoples: Issues and Challenges" for a workshop
on indigenous statistics hosted by the Permanent Forum on Indigenous
Issues in January, 2004.
Illustrative examples: uses of census metadata
on ethnocultural characteristics in research
Professor Ann Morning (New York University) presented
her analysis of the ethnicity census questions at a recent seminar
given in the Statistics Division. Her presentation was entitled
“ETHNIC CLASSIFICATION IN GLOBAL PERSPECTIVE:
A Cross-National Survey of the 2000 Census Round”